April 14, 2014 |
MICHAEL A. BROWN, who pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become founder/president of Environmental Construction Services in the Far Northeast, said yesterday that he is moving his company to Oxford Circle to make it a job-providing "pillar of the community. " Brown said that in 2010 when he founded the company - which retrofits businesses to reduce their energy costs - people told him he couldn't find skilled employees in Philadelphia. They were wrong. "In one year, I grew our company from four employees to 32 - everyone from energy auditors to union sheet metalworkers, pipe fitters and plumbers," Brown said.
April 13, 2014 |
John Hanson, the new chief executive of the Delaware River Port Authority, has been spending Friday afternoons far from his Camden corner office overlooking Philadelphia and the river. With a fluorescent green vest over his suit jacket, he has been at the crowded Eighth and Market station beneath Center City, herding passengers onto packed PATCO trains. "There's room in this car," he called on a recent Friday as he and other DRPA executives joined PATCO workers to ease crowding caused by a construction project on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
April 13, 2014 |
The leader of SEPTA's delayed $130 million smart-card fare system retired last week and went to work for the company that is assisting SEPTA in creating the new system. John McGee, SEPTA's chief officer of new payment technologies, is prohibited by SEPTA rules from working on the SEPTA project for one year for his new employer, LTK Engineering Services of Ambler. A SEPTA spokesman said McGee's departure would not further delay the installation of the smart-card system, which will replace tokens, passes, transfers, and tickets on SEPTA's buses, subways, trolleys and, eventually, Regional Rail trains.
April 7, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - On the last day of the workweek before legislators returned to their districts, four Philadelphia Democrats who reportedly took envelopes of cash from a lobbyist were on the job, doing the people's business. Rep. Michelle Brownlee, who sources say got $2,000, stepped to her usual seat on the House floor. Rep. Vanessa Brown, who accepted $4,000, according to investigative documents, stood smiling and chatting with colleagues, her arm on their backs. Rep. Ronald Waters, who collected multiple payments totaling $7,650, according to sources, strode through the Rotunda.
April 6, 2014 |
The economy has generated enough private-sector jobs to replace all those lost during the recession, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department. That was the headline news in an otherwise solid, but unremarkable, report. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.7 percent, and payroll jobs were up by 192,000 in March. In March, private-sector, nongovernmental jobs edged just above 116 million. Such jobs numbered just below 116 million when the recession began in December 2007.
April 4, 2014
NOW that the Supreme Court has loosened the spigot of money flowing to Congress and other elected officials in its McCutcheon decision this week, maybe we'll finally start getting really outraged at the callousness with which these lawmakers treat Americans. Case in point: the intractability of the House to consider renewing the unemployment benefits for the 2 million Americans who saw theirs expire last year. The Senate this week finally paved the way for a vote to approve renewal, but the House shows no sign of rushing to fix this; in fact, House Speaker John Boehner recently suggested it was too complicated for computers to handle the programming required to restore back payments.
April 3, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA On a grassy field outside the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, where the windows are narrow, the brick walls run high, and the barbed wire seems to twist around the metal fences forever, inmate Joseph Saunders stood shoulder to shoulder Tuesday with Mayor Nutter. Saunders, 30, told the mayor of his plans after June, when he is set to be released from prison, after a yearlong burglary sentence. "I want to start my own composting business," he said. "And it's because of my 10 months here.
March 29, 2014
The Give America a Raise bus tour stopped at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia Thursday. Like the protesters who held a rally outside a North Philadelphia McDonald's earlier this month, the group is traveling across the country urging an increase in the federal minimum wage. More importantly, the demonstrators are focusing attention on the need to change how all American workers are regarded and paid. It's time to stop derisively viewing fast-food workers as "burger flippers. " The term doesn't do justice to workers whose pay means much more to the U.S. economy now that millions of higher-paying manufacturing jobs have traveled overseas.
March 27, 2014 |
IF IT was OK for the Indianapolis Colts to Suck For Luck, and only the unthinking would see that lost season as a mistake today, and if it was OK for the Pittsburgh Penguins to (lowercase) suck for Mario, and history suggests that it most definitely was, then what the Sixers are doing this year is also OK. Let's begin there. They are on the cusp of history, as we all know. They are about to lose more games in a row than any NBA team has ever lost. And while this might not have been predicted, for the people who pretend they did not know what was coming - what hath Hinkie wrought?
March 27, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's communications director is leaving his job, her office confirmed today. In a statement issued by her office, Kane did not say if Joe Peters resigned or was let go. Peters could not be reached for comment. The departure comes at a time when Kane is under heightened scrutiny after the Inquirer revealed she had shut down an investigation in which four Philadelphia state legislators and a traffic court judge were recorded taking payoffs.